Remembering Olga Mendez

Former state senator Olga Mendez of East Harlem, whose 26-year career ended when she switched parties and tried running as a Republican, has died, according to an aide to the Bronx Democratic County leader Carl Heastie.

Mendez’s passing was first reported by Gerson Borrero.

Mendez was defeated in 2004 by Jose Serrano, who was a City Council member at the time.

More on that in these 2004 stories from Michael Cooper and Jonathan Hicks.